How to Get Milk out of Carpet

Although it seems like a harmless natural product, milk spills can leave a stain and an accompanying foul odor. This common spill is especially hard to avoid if you have young children in the house. So instead of worrying about the mess, read our guide to learn how to get milk out of your carpet.

We have included step-by-step instructions for the removal of milk stains and odors. We also recommended the best products to deal with this common carpet stain problem.  

What this article covers:

How To Get A Milk Stain Out Of A Carpet

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The reason that milk stains a carpet is that it contains proteins and fats that adhere to the carpet fibers. These complex compounds may not come out so easily after that and will need more intensive cleaning. 

Enzymatic action is often needed to break these compounds down. But if you treat a milk spill as soon as it happens, you will have greater success with simpler methods. 

The Best Professional Method For Removing Milk Stains

The best method for removing any difficult stains, especially bad-smelling ones, is using professional carpet cleaning chemicals. This way, you can be sure that you won’t damage your carpet. 

Use one of our professional carpet cleaning products for any milk stains or other food and beverage stains in the home. You will get the cleanest, freshest smelling results. They will treat the mess, the stain, and the smell that may ensue. Use according to the instructions on the packaging. 

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When you have kids in the home. You will face carpet stains and mishaps from time to time. But whether you have to remove gum from carpets, get food stains out of upholstery, or remove milk stains out of your rugs, there is always a solution. 

Our carpet chemicals are designed for use in hydro-vac machines, but can also be used in a more diluted form for spot cleaning by hand when necessary. When you don’t have any carpet cleaning chemicals available, you can always turn to a home remedy.

Please be advised, though, that this may not produce the same results as carpet cleaning chemicals. 

The Best Home Remedy For A Milk Spill

Although it is always best to use professional carpet cleaning products for all stains, we realize that in an emergency that may not be possible. 

If you want to remove a milk stain and don’t have carpet chemicals on hand, you can try this popular cleaning hack. It is just as effective for treating other fresh carpet spills, such as getting syrup out of the carpet.

You will need the following items:

  • A few paper towel sheets 
  • Soft, clean cloth
  • Old, clean towel
  • Cool tap water
  • Bleach-free dishwashing detergent
  • Plastic spray bottle

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Mix one tablespoon of mild, bleach-free dish soap to a cup of water in a spray bottle. Do not use hot water. Set it aside while you proceed with step 2. 

Step 2

Blot up the excess milk with paper towels, applying pressure with your hands on each sheet for 30 seconds. You may need to use several towels, depending on the amount of milk spilled.

Step 3

When all the excess surface moisture has been soaked up, take your soapy solution and spray it liberally onto the area. Leave it for two minutes. Then blot it with a clean, wet soft cloth to remove any soapy residue. 

Step 4

Place the old towel on the spot and apply pressure as before to soak up the remaining moisture. Continue moving to drier areas of the towel and blotting, until no more moisture comes up. Allow the spot to dry naturally.

How To Get Milk Smell Out Of A Carpet

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If you don’t clean the milk stain out of your carpet quickly, you may have an even bigger problem - the smell. This will only get worse over time, which is why speedy treatment is so necessary. 

But if you were unable to treat the stain immediately and there is a foul odor in your carpet, don’t stress. We have two excellent professional solutions.

Professional Solutions For Milk Stain Odors

Foul odors caused by old milk stains only worsen as time goes by, and the usual cause is that the milk was not all removed before setting in and drying. 

Using one of the methods above to clean that section of the carpet may solve the problem. If the smelly problem persists, you may need to use a carpet deodorizing product. And we have the perfect products, specially designed for the task. 

  • Our top solution is USOR Unchained odor remover. It targets bad smells in carpets from virtually any kind of stain. It does so by breaking down the odor-causing molecular chain in carpet stains. This is a must-have product for any carpeted home with kids and pets. 

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  • Ecocide carpet deodorizer in either the Citrus Lush or Beachy Peachy variants will safely and effectively remove most foul odors from your carpets. 

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    These products are non-toxic, and therefore safe to be used in the home with kids and pets. They are also kind to the environment, as they are natural formulations based on plant oils, and are bio-degradable. 

    Home Remedies For Milk Stain Odors

    If you don’t have any professional carpet care products, you could try one of these harmless odor-neutralizing hacks. We cannot guarantee the type of results that you will get with our odor-removing products. But these hacks may help, for the time being, to rid the carpet of the smell. 

    For A Light Colored Carpet: Baking Soda/Corn Starch

    Sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda or corn starch on the smelly spot and use an old but clean nailbrush or toothbrush to gently work it into the carpet fibers. Do not be overly aggressive with this action, as you may weaken the fibers. Leave it overnight to safely neutralize the odor. Vacuum it up in the morning. 

    For A Dark Carpet: Coffee Grounds

    Sprinkle coffee grounds loosely over the area of the carpet with a bad odor. However, do not rub it in as with the above method. Cover it with an old towel and take care not to walk over it. After 3-4 hours, remove the towel and vacuum up the coffee grounds. 

    What Causes The Bad Smell?

    Usually, the bed smell is caused by traces of milk that have been trapped deep down in the carpet fibers. As the milk goes “off”, it produces a distinctive, foul odor. This is why it is vital that you properly clean the affected area of the carpet, and don’t just leave it to dry and then use a deodorizer.

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    How To Get Milkshake Out Of A Carpet

    You can remove milkshake spills and clean chocolate milk out of the carpet using the same cleaning methods listed above. But if the stain has had a chance to set in, you will have to use something specifically formulated to remove food coloring from your carpet

    If your child has spilled their cocoa or chocolate milk you may also be faced with cleaning a hot chocolate stain from the carpet, which, unlike ordinary milk, can leave a color stain behind.

    But whether it’s cocoa, chocolate milk, or another milkshake flavor, the problem is essentially the same. You don’t just have to worry about the milk stain and smell, but also the color.

    And the best solution for that is getting some Red Action

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    Getting Stubborn Color Stains Out Of Carpets

    Red Action is also the most effective treatment for getting red wine out of carpets, removing coffee stains from carpets, or getting tea stains out of your carpets. Because despite the name, it can be used on all kinds of color stains, not just red ones. 

    This product will tackle stubborn color stains on all synthetic carpets and upholstery but is not recommended for use on wool carpets. 


    It can be hard to keep your carpets fresh and clean, especially if you have children in the home. But with the right advice and the best carpet-care products, you don’t have o stress about milk stains or any other stains in carpets. We stock everything you need for getting your carpets clean and keeping them that way. 

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